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Karen McEwan’s daughter, Elana, is 20 years old. It’s been a complex journey from birth to today. Elana suffers from a rare, incurable disease called Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). This is the first podcast that is not about cystic fibrosis specifically, although you will see the connection. It’s about chronic illness and Mom’s connecting and parents doing all they can for their children. We go through the same anxiety, fear, frustrations, you name it, we can relate.

Karen also has a younger daughter, Madison who does not have a rare disease. Karen is a strong person sharing her story, and the challenging journey she’s been on with her daughter.

How did we meet? My brother’s wife, Lisa connected us. We were both advocating and Lisa Teicher thought we would enjoy hanging out. We met in a Starbucks the first time and didn’t stop talking. Moms who have kids with a chronic illness have so much in common. We bonded over chronic illness.

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